Gilson Equine Services


Dr. Kelli Gilson-Veterinarian

 

Dr. Kelli Gilson graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2000, and moved to Millbrook to begin her career in equine practice.  Kelli worked as a full-time associate veterinarian for the Millbrook Equine Clinic, and Dr. Rick Conrad, prior to starting her own practice.    Gilson Equine Veterinary Services was opened in April 2007, and is now based out of Millbrook, Ontario. Kelli grew up riding horses at a local stable (with Liz!), and showing hunters on the Trillium circuit.  Before getting into veterinary college, she worked for several large stables and taught English riding.  She also worked as an A-circuit hunter/jumper groom and worked as a veterinary assistant. Since starting her own practice, Kelli has had little time for riding!  She owns several pretty "pasture ornaments" and goes for the occasional trail ride.  Kelli also spends time with her menagerie of dogs (including travel companion Sparky), cats, and of course Marty and Flowerpot the pot-bellied pigs! Kelli has a broad interest in practice, with a mixture of pleasure/trail horses, performance horses, and reproduction.  She takes a special interest in dentistry, geriatric/senior care, preventative health care, and working with donkeys and mules. Kelli also enjoys helping students with an interest in veterinary medicine or veterinary technology, by taking them 'on the road' to experience equine practice firsthand.


Dr. Kyle Goldie-Veterinarian

Dr. Kyle joined our veterinary team in May 2011 after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College. Horses have been a part of Kyle's life for as long as he can remember. Kyle's family bred and raised racing thoroughbreds, and he is also an accomplished rider. Dr. Kyle and partner Amy have for several years run a warmblood breeding operation, currently from their home farm on Moncrief Line. This has provided Kyle with a solid foundation in equine reproduction, including breeding with shipped fresh chilled and frozen semen. Kyle's other interests in practice include lameness diagnosis/treatment and dentistry. Kyle's client base ranges from pleasure horses to high-end performance horses and racehorses.


Dr. Leah Knox-Veterinarian

Dr. Leah Knox grew up in Eastern Ontario and spent much of her childhood riding horses and competing in the hunter/ jumper ring and eventing. She continued riding and competing throughout university and was a member of the University of Guelph equestrian team. Dr. Leah Knox completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph with a major in animal biology.  She then went on to earn her DVM degree (equine track) at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2012. Between her undergraduate degree and vet school, Leah spent a year travelling the world, volunteering at different animal and veterinary charities.  After vet school graduation, Leah completed a one year internship at Pacific Crest Equine, a large equine referral practice in central California. In August of 2013, she moved back to Ontario to join the team at Gilson Equine.    Dr. Leah enjoys all aspects of equine medicine but has a special interest in emergency, critical care, and lameness.


Liz-Office Manager

Liz grew up in Kitchener-Waterloo where her interest in horses began at a young age. She started riding like most kids at summer camp at the local stable (with Kelli). This quickly grew into horse ownership and showing in a variety of disciplines. Liz graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA, and went on to work in the quality control sector of the automotive industry for the next 10 years. This helped support her "horse habit", and she kept riding and showing in the A-circuit Adult Hunter Division. Liz continues to enjoy horse ownership and especially likes developing young horses for the show ring. Her next challenge will be saving to buy the pony that her daughter Lilly is already asking for. Liz has worked for Gilson Equine since its conception 5 years ago. Working in the horse industry has been a lifetime dream for Liz, and she is more than thrilled to be that in a service-oriented position, working with a life-long friend. Liz really enjoys interacting with clients and finds it very rewarding to be a helpful part of their veterinary experience.


Janet-Receptionist

Janet has been with Gilson Equine Veterinary Services for just over a year now. She enjoys the interaction with the clients, and hearing about their horses. (When you call with a sick or injured horse, please call with an update, because she will be wondering how your horse is!) She is also enjoying the various semi-technical tasks associated with the Receptionist position. The many years of working in horse barns, and in business offices have all prepared Janet for this, her most favourite employment position of all time. She finds it very rewarding to be a special part of your horse’s health care team.


Stephen-Receptionist

 

Stephen’s genuine interest and love for horses started to develop at a young age.The experience of working at a local stable helped him decide to purchase his first horse, and as a former member of the Canadian Pony Club, he understood first-hand the special friendship bonds that can develop interacting with horses.

 

Stephen’s previous experience in the financial industry, along with his studies at Ryerson University, provided him with ample opportunity to develop the office skills he uses at Gilson Equine Veterinary Services. The same history convinced him that working in financial services would never replace his true passion, horses. When not at Gilson Equine Veterinary Services assisting clients, Stephen now enjoys traveling the world and planning his next adventure. He also thinks the time has come to realize his next goal – locating a new horse that will get him back in the saddle.

 

 

Stephen’s genuine interest and love for horses started to develop at a young age. The experience of working at a local stable helped him decide to purchase his first horse, and as a former member of the Canadian Pony Club, he understood first-hand the special friendship bonds that can develop interacting with horses.

Stephen’s previous experience in the financial industry, along with his studies at Ryerson University, provided him with ample opportunity to develop the office skills he uses at Gilson Equine Veterinary Services. The same history convinced him that working in financial services would never replace his true passion, horses. When not at Gilson Equine Veterinary Services assisting clients, Stephen now enjoys traveling the world and planning his next adventure. He also thinks the time has come to realize his next goal – locating a new horse that will get him back in the saddle.